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Me in my Dogmeat days, spring of 1986, in one of those rare and precious weekends off. The brief respite did not erase the emaciated look or the bags under the eyes

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Me in my Dogmeat days, spring of 1986, in one of those rare and precious weekends off. The brief respite did not erase the emaciated look or the bags under the eyes ... See MoreSee Less

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Surgery, Brain Research Pavillion that housed J3, featured in Chapter 1, as it is today. I came to the University of Chicago campus for my 35 year med school reunion. I tried to get in, walk around & relive old memories. Security wouldn't let me. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today, nearly three years after its publication, Dogmeat became available as an audiobook at Audible.com, read by John Gully, a capable, professional narrator who did a great job. He also re-designed the cover graphic to audible specifications. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 years ago

An old friend, Kevork Apkaryan, visiting me from Paris, told me that there were only two things he wanted to see on San Francisco: the Dogmeat hospital and Sunny's house. So I took him on a tour of the Sunset District. It made me wonder if there are others out there interested in a "Dogmeat Tour" of San Francisco; ... See MoreSee Less

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Dogmeat: A Memoir of Love and Neurosurgery in San Francisco

Ambitious and cocky, a young neurosurgery resident left his hometown of Chicago for what became an unforgettable adventure in San Francisco, both exhilarating and disheartening, destined to irrevocably change his future. “Dogmeat” was the moniker he was given as apprentice to a famous-and famously intimidating-neurosurgeon.

Moris Senegor gives a disarmingly honest account of his “Dogmeat” days in the wards and operating rooms of UCSF. He also vividly recounts how he fell in love with San Francisco and a woman he found there. His story is for both surgeons and anyone ever beguiled by San Francisco.

Dogmeat review
I purchased this book within minutes of hearing about it from the author and another colleague. Thank goodness for electronic books. Considering the large unread collection of books in my kindle library, I didn’t think that I would get to it anytime soon, but since I bought the book without knowing anything about it, I open it, and that was a mistake. I could not put it down. Dr. Senegor’s introduction immediately drew me in. His description of the city that I spent a year during my internship brought back my own nostalgic memories, and then I read his story with fascination and trepidation.

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Neurosurgery was a field that was full of mystique when I was a lowly medical student, and I still remain in awe of that breed of surgeons as an anesthesiologist working with them in many operating rooms today. Dr. Senegor’s description of his six months as the resident for Dr. Wilson and the trials he was under brought back memories of my own training days, and I dare say, of many physicians’ residency period. While we were each learning different crafts, we were all learning. I appreciate Dr. Senegor putting into words what was an angst-fill period of time for young doctors and give it the perspective that time can give. As young people who has high expectations of themselves embarks on this lonely path, each fall from grace magnifies our own self-doubts. It is important to know that time do heals everything.

While not all of us aspires to be neurosurgeon, I think this is a book that every medical student and resident should read for the perspective from the lens of time. For everyone else who reads, it is and entertaining glimpse into a world of academia that few ever experience.

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